Thinking of starting or expanding a small farm? Consider taking Oregon State University’s new completely online offering – Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management. The course is laid out in 6 go-at-your-own-pace modules that you have until October to complete. The course offers a plethora of worksheets to help you develop a clearer picture of your would-be farm as well as help to answer some questions you may have before taking the plunge. When you are done, all your work will culminate in a Whole Farm Plan. Something you can refer back to as you start your journey. The course is $295. Which, admittedly, isn’t pocket change. But before you invest your time and money the risky world of farming, it may be worth it. Plus OSU is well known for their sustainable agricultural programs. After taking this course, I plan on enrolling in their online permaculture certificate program.
Enrollment in Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management ends June 30th. You can learn more about the program here.